3 Cleveland Browns who will benefit most from Jadeveon Clowney re-signing

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Nov 7, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) reacts with safety Ronnie Harrison (33) and cornerback Greg Newsome II (20) after scoring a touchdown in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns Beneficiary No. 1: Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome

The Browns defense hit serious strides in the second half of the 2021 season. Much of the success was due to the symbiotic union formed between the pass rush and their coverage ability on the back end. With Clowney returning, the Browns starting cornerback tandem of Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome could reap major benefits.

Timing is everything when it comes to the passing game in the NFL. Anything that can disrupt that timing automatically takes an offense off schedule. With Garrett and Clowney getting after quarterbacks, there should be plenty of disruptions for Ward and Newsome to take advantage of.

If the Browns cornerbacks are only tasked with covering primary routes for two to three seconds each play, it is going to be difficult for opposing offenses to have any tangible success in the passing game.

With how Cleveland’s defense is currently constructed, it’s hard to imagine that opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators are going to be licking their chops leading up to matchups with Cleveland. Other than utilizing an extremely short and quick passing attack, teams are going to be limited on how they attack the Browns through the air. That’s music to the ears of the Browns cornerback duo.

The wait is over: Jadeveon Clowney re-signs with Browns. dark. Next

Cornerback is the most difficult position to play on defense in the NFL. With Clowney’s return to Cleveland’s defensive line, both Ward and Newsome’s jobs just got a little easier.